It takes a village: Free community wellness festival this Saturday, April 6

Community event offers health checks, haircuts and a host of other services for those in need

South Tucson City Councilman Akanni Oyegbola is hosting his third annual community wellness festival in the banquet center at the Tucson Greyhound Park, located at 2601 South Third Avenue in South Tucson this Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Participants at the 2018 wellness festival receive haircuts. Photo provided by Akanni Oyegbola.

The festival is open to all South Tucson and Tucson residents including immigrants, undocumented migrants and international guests currently living in the cities.

“My parents came to this country from West Africa,” Councilman Oyegbola said in a recent phone conversation, and he recalled difficulties his parents faced in obtaining certain vital services due to information barriers and economic limitations.

“Hearing those stories always stuck with me,” Oyegbola said. Organizing the festival is his way of giving back to the community and helping others overcome similar barriers his family once faced.

“I wanted to bring it all to one place to make it easier.”

The festival provides a host of health-related services including blood pressure and glucose and cholesterol level tests. There will be resources for legal aid, job placement (bring your resume), and services for veterans on-site. Free haircuts and food will also be provided to any participants.

City and State officials will be on-site to meet with participants. Musical band, Broken Wing, will provide entertainment. Local artist Mel Dominguez will host a collaborative painting workshop with participants as well.

For more information you can visit the Facebook event page here.